Lt. Col. Jeffrey A. Price, deputy commander of the Joint Interagency Training an Education Center, has been awarded his third Meritorious Service Medal.
Price contributions and efforts were instrumental in the JITEC's establishment. It is a national military center of excellence for the weapons of mass destruction first-responder community, and it is a National Guard asset headquartered in St. Albans. The JITEC provides chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training for thousands of first responders throughout the nation.
Price led the challenge to establish training and evaluation for the new National Guard Homeland Response Force teams and other military WMD teams to standardize the capability of military first responders.
Col. Randall Isom, commander of the Joint Interagency Training an Education Center, presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Jeff Price recently. Price is joined by his wife, Donna, who serves as prosecuting attorney in Pocahontas County.
His dedication to mission and attention to detail contributed to the success of the JITEC.
Meritorious Service Medals are awarded for exceptionally meritorious achievement at a high level of responsibility, and individuals who have displayed a level of service that warrants an award of such magnitude.
Price has served in the West Virginia National Guard for more than 23 years and has been decorated many times for his service including eight Army Achievement Medals. Price is a native of Marlinton, where he lives with his wife, Donna, the county's prosecuting attorney, and their daughter, Alexis.